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Using the Interface
It takes only a few minutes to learn and understand the controls. When shooting the cue ball, use the left mouse button to move the cue stick around the cue ball. When you have positioned the cue stick where you want, click and hold the right mouse button. Pull back on the mouse until you have the desired power (displayed on the right side of the table). Let go of the right mouse button to take your shot. To move the cue ball when you have ball in hand, simply left-click the cue ball and drag it to the desired spot and drop it. For more precise aiming you may use the arrow keys to line up your shot as well.
Yahoo! Games has based the rules for this game on the current World Standardized 8-ball Rules, although some rules have been slightly modified to accommodate the online environment. However, the basic rule set is enforced.
The object of the game is for one player to pocket their set of object balls, 1-7 (solids) or 9-15 (stripes), and then to legally pocket the 8-ball.
The player who breaks the rack to start a game is determined randomly. The break will then rotate between players in future games at the same table, regardless of who won that last game. For a break to be considered legal, the player who breaks must strike the rack with the cue ball. If the player makes an illegal break, the turn rotates to his/her opponent. Any balls pocketed on the break remain pocketed.
If the player that breaks pockets a ball, other than the 8-ball or cue ball, his/her turn continues. If no balls are pocketed on the break, the turn rotates to the next player. Regardless of whether a ball is pocketed or not on the break, the table is still considered "open" (i.e., the choice of playing solids or stripes is still up for grabs).
Choice of Solids or Stripes
The choice of stripes or solids is not determined on the break. The choice is determined only when a player legally pockets the first ball after a break. If the player pockets both a solid and a stripe in the same shot, he/she must choose which group of balls they wish to play. If the table is open and a player strikes the 8-ball first, this is considered a foul and the turn rotates to the next player who gets ball in hand. If any balls were pocketed on this foul, they remain pocketed and the table is still considered "open." As always, if the 8-ball is pocketed when it is not a legal shot the game ends and the player who illegally pocketed the 8-ball loses the game.
Once solids and stripes have been assigned, it's considered a foul to strike the other player's ball before your own. If this happens, the player's turn is over and any balls pocketed remain pocketed. The next player also gains ball in hand.
Legal vs. Illegal Shots
In these rules we have talked a lot about legal and illegal shots. What exactly constitutes a legal or illegal shot?
The following are the rules for what is a legal vs. an illegal shot.
What happens when a player commits an illegal shot? Most of the time, it is a foul and the opposing player would get ball in hand. (Ball in hand means the player can place the cue ball anywhere on the table and shoot in any direction.) When a player is granted ball in hand after an illegal break, the ball may only be placed behind the head string and only shot forward.
Remember, if an object ball is illegally pocketed the ball remains in the pocket.
Playing the 8-Ball
When the 8-ball is the legal shot for a player, a scratch or foul does NOT result in a loss of game if the 8-ball is not pocketed. However, the next player would have ball in hand. Remember, when playing the 8-ball you must designate a pocket.
A player's turn can span one or many shots. A player's turn continues as long as he/she legally pockets legal object balls. A player's turn ends when he/she takes a shot that is illegal and deemed a foul, fails to pocket a legal object ball, or pockets a ball of his/her opponent's group. If a player pockets a ball from his/her opponent's group, the player's opponent would only gain ball in hand if the ball had been pocketed illegally. It is not illegal or considered a foul to pocket his/her ball on your turn if the cue ball strikes a legal object ball first. It just ends the turn.
Loss of Game
A player loses the game by committing any of the following:
You may play in training mode. This is a one-player practice mode. You may strike any of the balls by clicking on the ball you wish to strike with the cue stick. You can also move any of the balls around on the table by simply left clicking and dragging them to the desired spot on the table.
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